For more than three decades, Nancy Worden has interpreted the events in her life as an American woman. Her jewelry intertwines an exploration of materials from contemporary American culture and an intensive study of the history of jewelry design from around the world. Worden borrows design elements from Native American squash blossom necklaces, Art Nouveau masterpieces, Egyptian broadcollars and African amulets. The end result is a narrative work that reflects a female and American point of view, with a nostalgic reference to older jewelry traditions.
“How do we perceive the work of Nancy Worden? Idiosyncratic assemblages of familiar objects, boxes, coins, fur, bones, credit cards, mysterious elements under glass, plastic tubes, hourglasses, pens, and cast objects—what might seem incongruous suddenly appears formal and classical in the final juxtaposition of elements.” -- Helen Williams Drutt, author and jewelry collector
“Reflecting her passion and personal conscience, [Worden’s] jewelry is forceful, unapologetic, demanding, and gripping. Her investigations are often humorous and sometimes painful, but her voice is never timid.” -- Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art